Pak itself victim of state terrorism; not employing proxies: COAS



Sophia Siddiqui

Without naming India which is involved in subversive activities in Pakistan through its agents, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan itself is the victim of state sponsored terrorism, rejecting allegation that Pakistan is employing proxies from its soil.
General Bajwa’s statement came during his meeting with US National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H R McMaster
During the meeting, McMaster was briefed about Pakistan’s war on terror and its contribution to regional and global stability. The US nation security adviser acknowledged Pakistan Army’s efforts in eliminating terrorists and their infrastructure.
McMaster assured Gen. Bajwa that the United States will continue to support Pakistan in bringing peace and stability in the region, as well as the globe.
During the meeting, “It was highlighted that the distinguished feature of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism effort is focused against terrorists of all hues and colours”, said the ISPR statement.
During his visit to Pakistan, McMaster had held meetings with top civilian and military officials, during which he was apprised of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and initiatives, which have resulted in a marked improvement in the overall security situation.
McMaster arrived in Islamabad on Monday on an unannounced visit, a day after he hinted the US could take a tougher stance on Pakistan. It was the first visit by a top member of President Donald Trump’s administration to the militancy-hit South Asian country, and came after a stop in neighbouring Afghanistan where he suggested Washington may take a stronger line on Islamabad, for years seen as an unreliable US ally.
A statement issued by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said McMaster had “assured the Prime Minister that the new administration was committed to strengthening bilateral relations and working with Pakistan, to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the wider South Asian region.”

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